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Torrey Smith

NFL Player Fires Off Homophobic Slur

1/3/2014 10:32 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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10:50 AM PT -- Torrey is standing his ground ... tweeting, "I wasn't being offensive nor am I homophobic not apologizing or taking it down."
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With the Chris Kluwe gay controversy raging, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith has thrust himself into the mix by hurling a homophobic slur in public.

Smith just posted a photo on Instagram featuring a man wearing pink flowery socks ... along with the caption, "Look at this queen."

Seriously.

0103-torrey-smithInteresting timing, considering Kluwe says he was blackballed from the NFL for crusading against gay hatred -- like this -- and pushing for equality.

Of course, it ain't the first time an NFL star has used a homophobic slur in public -- just last year, 49ers defensive star Chris Culliver came under serious fire after saying he wouldn't play with a gay teammate because he's not into "that sweet stuff."

We've reached out to Torrey's rep -- so far, no word back.

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John     

The way this story is framed/written is disgusting. Headline is NFL player "fires off" slur just to get TMZ web clicks and page views. Then you click and read the story of him "thrusting" himself into the 'gay conversation.' No TMZ, you are doing that to him with your poorly-written post and inaccurate framing of this story, just to make it a story and get your page clicks.

But you already know all of this.

188 days ago
17.

John     

Also pathetic how the byline of this story says "TMZ Staff." You try to throw a player under the bus with the way you frame a story for web traffic and hide behind that byline. Whoever wrote this needs to put their name with the story for accountability and to show just what poor news judgement they really have as a "professional."

188 days ago
18.

jeff    

Smith's comment is in no way offensive...unless you are a pathetic individual that needs feel like a victim in any possible way.

188 days ago
19.

Rachel    

Get over it! People can say wherever they want to. Pathetic and what a bunch of crybabies. So over it.

188 days ago
20.

Sid    

Is Alex Baldwin's hairdresser available for a public appearance with Torrey? You know if you have gay employees you aren't a homophobe according to tmz staffers.

188 days ago
21.

Pavlov    

The guy in the pic is his brother. TMZ is out to ruin anyone who dares to offend anyone in a protected class.

188 days ago
22.

Candy    

No harm meant....he's joking around with his younger brother.

188 days ago
23.

Candy    

No harm meant....he's joking around with his younger brother.

188 days ago
24.

I'm Awesome admit it     

Butt hurt gay people incoming 5 4 3 2 1 get over like I said before on another post about a gay slur until you respect our rights for freedom of speech then gay people don't deserve to get married in the U.S since we're not allowed to speak our mind since we don't agree with same sex marriage

188 days ago
25.

RM    

You really do wonder, given these comments, where all the decent people are out there. People who feel there is no need to hurl slurs or derogatory terms at ANY minority.

I guess I'm wrong in assuming there are a lot of them out there. Because they stay totally silent on issues like this. Smith could have easily said "Look at this guy". But that wasn't enough; he had to add an insulating term (and it is insulting). And everyone defends him. Sad stuff.

188 days ago
26.

Hunter    

Really reaching for stories here at TMZ, this is ridiculous.

188 days ago
27.

portapotty    

the Q word is often used by gays in conversation and even with them among their straight friends in conversation, get over it

188 days ago
28.

zombie    

Only because Harvey Levin is gay, do stories about everyone's alleged "homophobia" make it to this site. This is such the non story it isn't even finny.

188 days ago
29.

zombie    

"Funny" not "finny".

188 days ago
30.

dropthehammer    

So, who is the "queen" taking issue with the queen slur. Seriously.

188 days ago
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